The Most Powerful Warships of the United States Navy

The United States has the strongest Navy in the world, and under current plans, should reach its goal of maintaining 300 ships in its force by 2034: retiring 244 ships and purchasing 264 more. Although the U.S. Naval budget has fluctuated over the decades depending on war time and approval from Congress, the Navy has maintained an impressive fleet of ships to meet all of the military’s maritime needs. This list includes the largest and most powerful ships in the world, including missile destroyers and attack submarines. The amount of weapons and aircraft these ships can handle is nothing short of incredible.

USS Independence (LCS-2)

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Nicholas Kontodiakos/U.S. Navy via Getty Images
Nicholas Kontodiakos/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

The USS Independence LCS-2 has been a part of the U.S. Navy fleet since 2009. This combat ship is equipped to find and destroy mines, hunt down submarines, and engage in battle with small boats.

The USS Independence has a large flight deck, hangar, and mission bay. The ship carries AGM-114L Hellfire missiles, BAE Systems Mk 110 57 mm gun, .50 cal (12.7 mm) guns, and Raytheon SeaRAM CIWS. The USS Independence resides in her homeport Naval Base in San Diego, assigned to the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron One.